Saturday, 22 March 2014

Listography - My life in books

It's been a very long time since I joined in with Kate's Listography but I couldn't resist at the mention of books. I couldn't even begin to tell you how many books I've read and I have so many favourites but these are these ones which are the most memorable to me.

The 'Little House' series - Laura Ingalls Wilder

After reading Little House on the Praire at school, and then finding 'These Happy Golden Years at the library I was totally hooked on the story of Laura and her family.  Eventually I owned the whole set and read and re-read them for many years. I can't remember how old I was when I got rid of them but I dearly wish I'd kept them all now.

Flowers In the Attic - Virginia Andrews

This was the first time I realised how you (usually) ruin a very good book with a bad film.  I loved Flowers in the Attic and the rest of the series, but I sat in disbelief at the film - it wasn't even the same ending! I went on to read almost everything Virginia Andrews wrote.

London Pride - Beryl Kingston

The first 'grown up' book I got from the library, I can't remember how old I was but I didn't have an adult ticket but I asked my Dad if he would get it on his, the libraian heard him and said I could get it myself as she would change my ticket to enable me to take out adult ones - I was so excited about this sudden new amount of books to choose from! It also started me off on a love of World War two 'home front' books and a fascination for recent history.

Lightning - Dean Kootnz

Officially declared as my favourite book of all time. Time travelling Nazi's, 'destiny struggling to reassert the pattern which was meant to be' - what more could I ask for!  I first read my old housemates copy and just loved it and then brought my own battered copy for 50p from a boot fair once he had moved away. One day I will get round to buying a decent copy - it doesn't seem right that my favourite book is falling apart now!

The Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carlye

This has to have a mention as not only was it probably one of the first books I read, its now one I'm regularly reading now! I am pleased that I seem to have passed my love of reading onto my boys and we have acquired a huge collection of books which both the boys read every day just like I always did.


  1. I also loved the Little house series and i read all Virginia Andrews. Love your list. I'll do it but I'm finding it hard to choose.

  2. Love your list! I totally forgot about the Hungry Caterpillar - will have to read it to my youngest now :-)

  3. The Hungry Caterpillar was the first book I bought for both Roo and Tigger, a must have read for all children (and parents)

  4. Great list, so pleased to read that your love of books has been passed onto your boys :-)

  5. Another list where I have only read one of the books and this time it happens to be the children's book!

  6. I was sent Flowers in the Attic when I was in hospital, I read the whole thing in one night. I am sure I had read before, but it felt new reading it again!

  7. Oh wow, I'd forgotten all about the 'Flowers in the Attic' series. Very disturbing yet utterly compelling reads! And I find Dean Koontz great too, a real psychological page-turner that keeps you awake at night! Great list.

  8. OMG Flowers in the Attic! We were obsessed! I think myself and my friends read everything she wrote in a two month period. Dark Angel was another one. Had totally forgotten them!


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